Explosion at a fireworks factory kills 47 people in Indonesia

This morning, an explosion at a fireworks factory near the Indonesian capital killed at least 47 people, most of them female workers who were locked inside, and injured dozens.


Witnesses said a huge explosion was heard from the factory at about 10 a.m. and then smaller blasts echoed across the neighborhood as orange flames jumped from the building and black smoke billowed from it.


Nico Afinta, general crimes director at Jakarta police says the death toll could rise as many of those who escaped suffered extensive burns, said . He said bodies were found piled at the rear of the building.


Police said 103 people were working at the factory and 10 are still unaccounted for. It’s possible some or all of those 10 had not come to work or suffered only minor injuries and didn’t seek medical attention, said Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono.

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